S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!

December 25, 2010

A Sonoran Christmas Day - Saturday December 25

Not our typical Christmas morning view
Welcoming entrance to Playa de Cortez Hotel
We are resting in our lovely hotel room for one last night, having enjoyed an alternate Christmas celebration in Guaymas, Sonora.  We hope your celebrations were joyful and special wherever this finds you.
At the Marina Singlar Guaymas dock
Yesterday was a long day of working on INTREPID II, included turning the quarter berth into a 'garage' and hand washing our very pretty, but aging, batik curtains and hanging them to dry in the sunlight and fresh air.  There was talk of a cruisers' gathering for appies, but everyone kept busy with their tasks; we are all such hard workers!  We walked over to a favorite restaurant at 5 pm with some new cruising friends only to discover the only thing open on Christmas Eve was the neighbourhood "Pollo Feliz".  That resulted in an impromptu picnic of grilled chicken and assorted beverages and some Christmas cookies aboard SV Paradocs with the evening spent trading sailing stories.  We wish Claire and Carl a great sail down the mainland coast.

It was gratifying to reach some of our family last evening and others this morning.  Thank goodness for Skype!  Carol found a Noche Bueno church service nearby and was pleased to participate in the evening gathering.  A young family carried a carved Infant Jesus to the alter, along with candles and gift baskets and a choir accompanied by guitars sang a variety of music.  We had a peaceful evening and awoke to sunshine and 14 C weather, with some breeze.  Kelly was pleased - no rain.  Santa had found us and we opened our gifts and are thankful for everyone's thoughtfulness and love.  Thanks to all of you who have sent emails and skype messages as it helps us feel connected when we have all these miles between us.

Under beautiful blue skies we went back to the marina to say Feliz Navidad to the few folks who were still around, then put in a few more hours on INTREPID II .  The messenger lines are now untangled, one halyard is up and more lockers have been cleaned out and sorted.  The cabin is a mess as we move things about looking for space and the car can't store anything more.  It will be a challenge tomorrow morning when we finally check out of Playa de Cortes as to where the suitcases, gifts, computer, spare canvas, etc. will go! 

What a lovely Christmas Day sunset!
Finally....Christmas dinner...where to go?  We drove towards San Carlos and the marina, thinking there should be restaurants open for the many visitors who stay there. One restaurant was doing a very good business as it was the only one open.  Our Christmas dinners were very flavourful shrimp dishes, pina coladas and cervezas, as the sun set over the bay.  Buenos noches.  We hope a week will be enough to get us sorted out.  Stay tuned and take care.